We’ve all had those days where it seems as if nothing goes right. You can’t find anything you need, you forget a homework assignment, and then you slip on the ice outside of the Madsen Center. But then, as you make your way to the Commons through the bitter cold, you see a fat, little squirrel prancing through the snow, and you giggle. And for those three seconds, you forget about all the junk going on in your day.

My mom always tells my brother and me to “find the joy.” She is a firm believer in the idea that no matter what is going on in our days, we can always find something to make us smile, something to make us look up and say, “Thanks, God.” It can be as simple as getting an A on a test or watching a squirrel fall into a snowbank as he overestimates his jumping ability.

My favorite Bible verse is part of Isaiah 43: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.” Every time I look at this verse, I am filled with the joy of God’s promise to us, a promise that we have been given since the day we were baptized. We all have crappy days, but in the back of our minds, we should remember Isaiah 43. This verse helps us to be comforted that no matter what is going on, we always have God’s promise, and that no matter what is happening, He will always be with us.

Here’s a little prayer my mom passed on to me:

May today there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

Find the joy, find the peace. You are never alone. God is always there.


Courtney Williams is a senior journalism major from Centennial, Colo.